Princess of China
April 15, 2012 ( in Germany, Austria and Switzerland ) October 25, 2011 in the UK (Digital Release)
On 19 October 2011 Billboard reported that Princess of China would be published on 25 October by Parlophone as the third single. However, this was denied on October 31 on the website of Coldplay. It was released on Coldplay's fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto.
In an interview with MTV News, 20 September 2011 frontman Chris Martin confirmed the inclusion of a song with Rihanna and that he will be found on the fifth Coldplay album, Mylo Xyloto. Martin also said that he had a song written specifically for a collaboration with Rihanna and I hope she decides to interpret it. He said, " Actually, we have only written a song to see if Rihanna would sing it at all ... and then the rest of the band wanted to keep it and so we came up with the idea that they could really sing it with us. And to our great surprise, she said okay. " Martin also confirmed that Princess of China, the favorite song of the album the band was because he greatly different from the previous genre of the band. On the question of whether the fans would take the song positively, Martin replied that the band would not worry about and found that they could exceed the limits of the music industry with Rihanna always. Martin also explained how he has approached the singer to working for the song: "The album is designed as a whole piece. It has a male and a female part and the top of our list for the female part was Rihanna, but it took a while before I had the courage to ask her. We had an appearance in Las Vegas and I met her and said, " Do you think there's any chance? '. I was very Hugh Grant - moderate and stuttered all the time. "
On September 21, 2011 reports have surfaced on the Internet, which would have sung According to Will Champion, the drummer of the band, the part of Rihanna herself. Martin explained that there was no tension between the band members and Rihanna and said, "It 's a bit of a love story, so we really needed someone to sing higher than me. Each understanding of Will's intentions, he can not do it. The part had to be sung by a woman. "
Princess of China uses of elements of music genres synth pop, alternative hip-hop and R & B. Says Amy Sciarretto of Popcrush, the song was heard about a " capricious " and heavy synth all the time. The song contains falsetto vocals, both of Martin, but also of Rihanna, which was praised by several critics. Gil Kaufman of MTV News noted that the falsetto vocals of the two is perfectly matched and that Martin's falsetto Rihanna complements higher falsetto perfectly.
Princess of China had the singles chart debut in Ireland and the Walloon Region in Belgium on 28 October 2011. In Ireland, the song debuted at number 22, which meant that Rihanna four different songs from four different albums, including two of his own, was able to place in the top 40 of the charts. These are We Found Love ( Talk That Talk, 2011) with Calvin Harris at number one, Princess of China ( Mylo Xyloto, 2011) to place 22 Fly ( Pink Friday, 2010) with Nicki Minaj at No. 30 and Cheers ( Drink to that) ( Loud, 2010) to 39th place in the Walloon region of Belgium, the song debuted at number 45 on the singles chart. In the UK, the song debuted at number 33 on the UK Singles Chart on the day of release of the album.